A couple of rather disturbing examples of why the EU's structural funds so badly and desperately need reform. The list seemingly never runs dry.First, the Sunday Telegraph had a feature on Madeira’s economy, claiming that grants from the EU structural funds – which require match funding from local governments or business – have contributed to the local Madeiran administration now owing over €6 billion, nearly double the per capita public debt of mainland Portugal.
Whenever EU reform and renegotiation are being debated, one of the most powerful claims made by the status-quo side is that it would generate uncertainty which would be bad for business. Well today's FT reports that according to a s... Read Post
Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, Regardless of the need for reform, it isn't going to happen for these structural reasons. The list of public/private institutions that desperately need structural reform is long: t... Read Post